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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published October 23rd 2016
The historic Substation


The historic, heritage listed Paddington Tramway Substation, (which was constructed between 1929 and 1930) continues to create a buzz in Brisbane as a contemporary gallery and artistic hub. Sitting proudly on the top of Enoggera Terrace and overlooking one of Brisbane's much-loved inner city suburbs, the Paddington Substation Café Gallery is home to HANDS ON ART - an artist run, not for profit and charity providing programs and services that inspire creativity, personal growth, connections to nature, community enrichment and cultural diversity.

The Substation sits high on the hill


The welcoming red doors


A visit to the Substation starts by entering the giant, red and black barn-like doors which greet and entice visitors to come inside. It's hard to miss the tall ceilings and artistic, creative vibe as soon as you walk in. The Substation is filled with an impressive collection of local art and also offers classes including for kids. The Kids Do Art programs encourage children to paint, draw and construct from their imagination, learn about being creative and work with a variety of materials.

Arts programs for kids




As an arts venue, the Substation is available for hire and suits exhibitions, performances, meetings, and workshops. Street parking is at a premium in Enoggera Terrace. As I left, I found some floral sculptured creations in the garden which is pure creativity in action. A visit to the Substation is to support contemporary and community focussed arts.

Creative floral sculptures


Hire the arts space

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Why? Creative arts space and programs
When: Saturday6am–2pm SundayClosed Monday6am–2pm Tuesday6am–2pm Wednesday6am–2pmThursday 6am–2pm Friday 6am–2pm
Phone: 3876 5077
Where: 150 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington
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